After law enforcement officers responded to two separate accidents at the Highway 8 and Vance Road intersection last week, authorities are now urging motorists to take extreme caution at the busy junction.
The first of the accidents occurred last Wednesday morning in the height of school traffic where three vehicles collided. A teenage girl was injured in the accident and is now recovering. In that accident, a pick-up truck collided with a small sedan and an SUV.
The Grenada Police Department, the Grenada County Sheriff’s Office and the Grenada School District Campus Police all responded to the scene and helped with traffic control after it backed up for nearly a mile.
Last Friday, three pick-up trucks collided at the same intersection, but no one was seriously injured. The GPD, GCSO and the GSDCP also responded to that accident, which happened at the height of afternoon traffic following the release of schools.
Law enforcement officials are urging the public simply slow down in the area.
“You have to be very observant right there,” Police Chief George Douglas said. “The traffic in that area is quite active and what we have there are two main thoroughfares.”
Joey Merriman, patrol commander for the GPD, said over the years there have been a number of accidents at that intersection, including some fatalities.
“A lot of it is speed coming off that hill,” Merriman concluded. “In the past 20-plus year, I don’t know how many accidents we’ve worked there. You just have to slow it down and pay very close attention at that light.”